Survey: 1 in 4 Federal Employees Say They Will Consider Quitting If Trump Elected

WATERLOO, IA - FEBRUARY 1: An audience member carries a sign following a campaign rally with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Ramada Waterloo Hotel and Convention Center on February 1, 2016 in Waterloo, Iowa.
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One in four federal employees say they would consider leaving their jobs if GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is elected president, according to a new survey.

The trade publication Government Executive reports that a survey of federal employees found that 14 percent said they would consider leaving the federal service if Trump were elected. Another 11 percent said “maybe.”

Democrats and Democrat-leaners were more likely to say they would bail on their job if Trump were elected — 26 percent of whom said they would definitely leave compared to 4 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaners. Another 16 percent of Democrats and Democrat-leaners said they would “maybe” leave compared to 4 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaners.

Just 48 percent of Democrats and Democrat-leaners said they would definitely remain in government if Trump were elected. Eighty-nine percent of Republicans and Republican-leaners said they would stay if Trump were elected.

Trump was the favorite candidate for Republican federal employees polled, leading the rest of the GOP field 32 percent to Ted Cruz’s 17 percent, Marco Rubio’s 12 percent, Ben Carson’s 9 percent, Chris Christie’s 7 percent, and Jeb Bush’s 6 percent. The rest of the field — John Kasich, Carly Fiorina, Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum and Jim Gilmore — did not top 4 percent of federal employees’ support.

On the Democratic side, federal employees favor Hillary Clinton 51 percent to Bernie Sander’s 35 percent and Martin O’Malley’s 1 percent.

Federal employees said both Clinton and Trump would be the most embarrassing candidates to have as a boss, 49 percent and 59 percent respectively.

The poll was conducted by Government Executive Media Group’s Government Business Council from January 20-26 among 688 federal employees. It has a margin of error is +/-4 percentage points.


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